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Old 3rd April 2017, 16:46   #316
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At one time brands like Ziebart and Dinitrol were very popular in the UK. The seem to have all fallen by the wayside.
This is true (whole heartedly agree) and lack of usage is not attributed to advancement in metallurgy, but plain simple business tactic.

If I don't take care of my bare metals, they will rust and in turn, it will fail and I need to get it replaced with new part. If I put a barrier to stop the rust or degradation, then the business cycle is disrupted.

Classic example, the axle boot care. If I simply do a overhaul every 20 or 30,000 Kms (just clean, refill with boot grease and get the boot coated with products such as 303, I can extend its life for atleast 4 times. But, service centres just dont do it, neither do they educate the driver and wait for the part to fail and do not care if the boot is leaking or cracked.

Underbody coating (if living in coastal region or not) is a must to make sure the underbody is given a layer of protection from all grime and grit and annual clean up and touch up is necessary.
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At one time brands like Ziebart and Dinitrol were very popular in the UK. The seem to have all fallen by the wayside.
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Dinitrol is very much available in India. They have their own center in mumbai where treatment is done. you can contact Ryan on 9221059050

From what I understand, Dinitrol does a full vehicle anti-corrosion treatment covering the entire vehicle, and not just the underside.

I had my Linea done up from the place and its 8 years of no worries since then. Off late, I did see some of their products on Amazon under the TufKote brand.
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Dinitrol is very much alive and being applied on many (classic) cars. The truth with all these treatments is that people forget cleaning the car is 90% of the effort. All my cars have a had full Dinitrol treatment done by a specialist company. The cleaning alone takes anywhere up to 3-4 days work. Applying the various Dinitrol onto the respective parts on the car, into the sills, doors etc is actually pretty straightforward, providing you have the right tools and know what you are doing.

Its expensive, think Euro 1200-1400, but I have found it ver effective. Rust, cutting out bits, welding new bits in, re-spray could easily cost a whole lot more.

Of course, here in Europe, labour rates are very different from those in India.

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Applying the various Dinitrol onto the respective parts on the car, into the sills, doors etc is actually pretty straightforward, providing you have the right tools and know what you are doing.
Infact the Tufkote lineup has everything that we need for this, unfortunately not all garages have the facility to apply them as they should be.

Example: The cavity protectors need the thin tube attached with air can. And this simply is not heard of by FNG's. They shrug to do this job and pass off by saying cars come treated from factory line.
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They spray some sort of lacquer over the engine bay. If that's the same product, I'd say avoid it. Utter waste of money and the worst thing about that due to heat, it cracks(in 6 months) and starts coming off in patches, rendering your engine bay even more ugly. Won't comment on the heat dissipation aspect but it surely would have an effect to some extent.
Luckily, a fellow Zen owner overheard me and strictly warned me against the product after the SA had gone. He had that treatment on his engine bay, and it was looking horrendous to say the least.
This is how the Engine coating looks when new:
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And this is how it looks after some years. Saw this Esteem recently parked in a True Value outlet
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In fact it starts cracking and flaking in less than a year and starts looking bad. So my advice is to strictly avoid these things.
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